PICS: Snow flurries in Lesotho bring happiness ahead of the Gin, Wine and Jazz Festival

2018-04-30 14:35 - Kavitha Pillay
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Snow at Afriski, Lesotho. (Photo: Twitter: @SkiAfriski /Thomas van Tonder OCR)

Cape Town - Welcoming winter 2018, Afriski Mountain Resort - the only ski destination in Lesotho - was delighted to experience light flurries of snow on Monday morning, 30 April.

Snow fell around 6:30 according to Afriski, which confirms that roads are currently clear and the sun is now out. It advises travellers to check its Twitter account for road updates.

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The flurries come ahead of Afriski's Gin, Wine and Jazz Festival set to take place in the Maluti Mountains from 1-3 June 2018.

Embrace the chilly season with hearty food, beverages that will warm you up, and music and entertainment that will keep you going in one of southern Africa's coldest places - Afriski Mountain Resort.

Locals expressed that they are looking forward to the cooler season and winter escapes. Conrad Koen says he thinks it's "Going to be a great season" following the early snow at the Resort, while Mariska Van Eeden tweeted "Bring on the Winter Season 2018!"

Check out some of the images shared by the Twitterverse:

Embrace the chilly season

This year’s music line-up and specialist drinks at the Gin, Wine and Jazz Festival "promise to outstrip last year’s inaugural event", say the festival organisers about the event that's set to take place at 3222m above sea level in the northern highlands of Lesotho.

Mountain adventurers, foodies, wine connoisseurs, music-lovers, and anyone looking for a winter's escape is welcome to attend the festival.

"Premiere wine festival in Lesotho"

According to Afriski Operations Director, Peter Peyper, "this could become the premiere wine festival in Lesotho", boasting top boutique wines.

Eighteen13, a boutique wine company based in Johannesburg that regularly present wine-tasting events, promises to bring "luxurious experiences to the Basotho market". Its wine selection includes boutique, non-commercial South African wines, as well as craft gins.

At the Festival it will showcase boutique wines from different regions within the Western Cape, and each wine will be paired with a fun-filled activity with options such as Wine Pong, ‘Mieliegat’, or ‘Pétanque’ - a form of boules.

Striving to become wine and spirits experts in Gauteng, Eighteen13 believes that learning about wines and spirits is best in a relaxed, causal setting, and at the Festival there will be a one-hour wine masterclass to give participants a greater understanding of the wines.

Presented by boutique wine expert Cezanne Kouta, the masterclass will cover basic tips on wine tasting etiquette such as how to hold a wine glass and taste wine like a pro. The class includes a discussion around wine myths, and Kouta will also touch on the role of climate change in the wine-making process.

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"Playground of outdoor fun"

For the adventurous at heart, Afriski is a playground of outdoor fun, and activities available vary from guided trails and monster rolling to abseiling and bumboarding.

Tickets to the Festival include live entertainment, gin and wine tasting, food pairing, sundowners with canapés and a formal, gourmet three-course dinner on Saturday night, 2 June. Tickets cost R850 for weekend tickets per person, or R450 for Saturday only. Accommodation and ski packages are to be booked separately.

Click here for bookings, or visit Afriski Mountain Resort or Eighteen13 for more information.